E-Life Newsletter February 2018

Photo: ELCA Inter-Religious Task Force, November 2017

Please add your input: draft ELCA inter-religious policy statement 
From now until the end of June, individuals and groups across the ELCA are invited to respond to the draft ELCA policy statement, “A Declaration of Our Inter-Religious Commitment.”

Please consider how you might take the lead in sharing this invitation and in convening people to participate in the process in your particular ministry setting. The comment period will close June 30.

You can download the draft policy statement and find the link to the online survey. On page 5 of the statement, you will find tips and ideas for participating.

The draft policy statement was developed by an inter-religious task force appointed by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton in 2016 and chaired by Bishop Patricia Lull. It presents a common, theological basis and practical framework for this church’s inter-religious relations, taking into consideration our varied ministry contexts, challenges and opportunities.

The input shared across the church over the next six months will inform revisions to the document before it goes to the ELCA Church Council for possible recommendation to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. If adopted, the policy statement would complement “A Declaration of Ecumenical Commitment: A Policy Statement of the ELCA,” adopted by the second churchwide assembly in 1991.

For more information, visit the website or write to EIRinfo@elca.org.

Photo: From left: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the Episcopal Church; National Bishop Susan Johnson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Anglican Church of Canada.

Lenten devotions
The four heads of communion of the Anglican/Episcopal and Lutheran churches in the United States and Canada have prepared Lenten devotions on the theme “Set Free by Truth.” The series reflects contextually and cross-contextually on matters of truth-telling and racial justice. Each segment presents Scripture citations, a reflection and a prayer.


Please share these widely though your networks.



ACT Now! Unite to End Racism
Let’s finish the work. Join Presiding Bishop Eaton and other ELCA leaders and ecumenical and inter-religious partners for a rally and a call to action on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.!

ACT Now to:

  • Awaken to the truth that racism is evil and hurts us all
  • Confront racism through truth-telling and action to right the wrong
  • Transform the hearts, minds and behaviors of people and institutions

Join in the clarion call to heal the soul of the nation as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Let’s finish the work!

Where: At sites across Washington, D.C., including the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall
When: April 3-5
Tuesday evening, April 3: Service of worship in the Orthodox tradition
Wednesday, April 4: Rally on the National Mall, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 5: Day of Action in the nation’s capital

National Workshop on Christian Unity
April 16-19, Silver Spring, Md.

The National Workshop on Christian Unity has advanced unity and reconciliation among various Christian communities for more than 50 years. The annual event brings together ecumenical representatives, ecumenists and interested members from all churches who share one faith, one baptism in Jesus Christ.

52nd International Ecumenical Seminar 2018: Fundamentalism as Ecumenical Challenge
July 2-9, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Strasbourg, France

The 52nd annual International Ecumenical Seminarwill take place at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasburg, France July 2-9. In recent years we have seen the growth in both political and religious life of movements that can be called “fundamentalistic.” As they represent a great challenge for churches today as well as for ecumenism overall, the summer seminar will take the occasion to probe deeply the matter of fundamentalism.

Reimagining Interfaith
July 29-Aug. 1, Washington, D.C.

Reimagining Interfaith is a global gathering of grass-roots activists and interfaith peacebuilders organized by a diverse coalition of interfaith and faith-based organizations focused on skill-building, networking and organizing.


LEIRN blog

You can find additional information, including a quarterly staff report, on the blog of the Lutheran Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Representatives Network (LEIRN). Learn more.